It took a journey of 500 or so miles from North Carolina to New York City to unite the members of Runaway Dorothy. All hailing from the South, Dave, Brett, Evan and Sammy did not come together as Runaway Dorothy until mutual friends and good fortune brought the foursome together in New York City’s outer borough of Brooklyn.
The origins of Runaway Dorothy can be traced back 5 years as a no name side project of another band. At the time, Dave was a keyboardist in a band that did not need or want another songwriter. It wasn’t until Dave met North Carolina’s own Ryan Adams of Whiskeytown by chance, that he garnered the confidence to quit the band and pursue his own music. Just like Bob Dylan’s life changing moment when gorgeous George Wagner told him “You’re making it come alive”, Dave Parnell got his life changing moment and he was finally able to make his music come alive.
Combining newly gained confidence with a cohesive sound that mixes alternative rock with country’s heartbreak and harmonies. The bands critically acclaimed debut full length album recorded in Nashville, is filled with heartfelt tunes through the melancholy voice of David Parnell.
From raucous busking sessions in the subway to the rooftops in Brooklyn to the star studded famous Manhattan venues, they have the uncanny ability to capture audiences small and large, transient and still. Runaway Dorothy is a band that wears its heart on its sleeve while proudly brandishing the foot-tapping, ear-pleasing sensibilities of its southern roots. Runaway Dorothy possesses both the assurance of seasoned performers as well as the charm of four boys genuinely excited to be doing the thing they truly love.
Dave Parnell - & Vocals, Guitar/Harmonica
Brett Parnell - Electric Guitar
Evan Mitchel - Drums
Sammy Gallo - Bass
The Wait - 2012
The Arc - 2008
Hard Way Home
Takes a Lot of Love
Nights Like These Here
Matter of Time
09/01/2012 - September Featured Artist: RUNAWAY DOROTHY
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From the soulful melodic sounds of “Abilene” to the Country rock twang of “Hard Way Home” you know y...From the soulful melodic sounds of “Abilene” to the Country rock twang of “Hard Way Home” you know you have found something great in NY band Runaway Dorothy. Their music paints a whole new picture on the face of Country , pairing nicely with rock and blues undertones to create a genre that would incite a replay even by those who can't bare the thought of traditional Country fare.
05/11/2012 - Weekly Shoutout Vol. 26: Artists about to LAUNCH
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RUNAWAY DOROTHY booked by LAUNCH MUSIC CONFERENCE Nick: The four members of Runaway Dorothy, ...RUNAWAY DOROTHY booked by LAUNCH MUSIC CONFERENCE
Nick: The four members of Runaway Dorothy, who all hail from the American south, had to come all the way to Brooklyn to put their Americana dreams in motion. While they might be a long way from home, there's buckets of comfort baked into tracks like "Takes a Lot of Love", which while lamenting love lost still put you right at ease. The folks at LAUNCH will have to batten down their hearts, lest Runaway Dorothy sneak in and take up permanent residence.
Sets range from 45-60 min set. Songs include the following combination of songs off the first album and upcoming album:
TAKES A LOT OF OVE
HARD WAY HOME
NIGHTS LIKE THESE
MATTER OF TIME
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
GIVE ME A REASON
WANT IT ALL
WHY WE FELL
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